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Apr 9, 2017 10:04 AM CST
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Can anyone identify this snake that seems to be living in my minnow pond?

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Apr 9, 2017 10:36 AM CST
Name: Porkpal
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Water Snake - harmless.
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Apr 9, 2017 11:46 AM CST
Name: Karen
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Thanks, Pork. That's good to know! Do they eat fish?
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Apr 9, 2017 11:48 AM CST
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Must eat minnows, he's very fat. Thanks for recognizing the snake, porkpal. I do not want to be bit.
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Apr 9, 2017 11:58 AM CST
Name: Porkpal
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The small ones eat fish (that are not too fast to catch) and the bigger ones tend to go for frogs and salamanders.
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Apr 9, 2017 12:01 PM CST
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We have thousands of slow moving bull frog tadpoles. Hope it eats them all. I don't like to hear them at night
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Aug 7, 2017 7:34 PM CST
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I've been getting very few eggs lately.......

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Aug 8, 2017 12:05 AM CST
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So glad I could not id your snake. It is much larger than any snakes we have. I would have a stroke if I wandered up on that.
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Aug 8, 2017 12:47 AM CST
Name: Philip
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texaskitty111 said:I've been getting very few eggs lately.......

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That's what I'd call dinner and a snakeskin wallet... or how about a purse.. no? Snakeskin boots?

Snake eggs are just as delicious as chicken eggs - https://www.youtube.com/watch?... .
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Aug 8, 2017 2:18 AM CST
Name: Jai or Jack
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Don't harm rat snakes. There's no reason.
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Aug 8, 2017 2:22 AM CST
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Jai_Ganesha said:Don't harm rat snakes. There's no reason.


Okay fine, I hate rats. But if that was a Rattler, it's gone.
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Aug 8, 2017 6:33 AM CST
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Of course there are instances where it is safer to humanely dispatch an animal who may pose a real and present danger to you or your loved ones.

But all too often the killing of snakes (and spiders) is done for reasons relating to fear, lack of education, or immaturity. It makes me sad.
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